PHILADELPHIA - Looking to rebound from a tough outing in the Ivy League opener against Princeton on Saturday, it will be yet another daunting task for the Quakers as they take on Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s—a team that the program has only defeated once in its history.
Catching the Game
Video and live stats will be available at SJUHawks.com. A full recap and box score can be found at PennAthletics.com shortly after the conclusion of the game.
In the Series
December 1, 2004. Penn defeated Saint Joseph’s 64-57 at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse that day. It is the only time in program history that the Quakers topped their Big 5 counterpart in 34 all-time meetings. That win came after 29 straight defeats to the Hawks. Since then, Saint Joseph’s has won the last four, but last season’s meeting came down to the final few minutes as Penn was within one late in the second half before falling by six. Saint Joseph’s head coach Cindy Griffin is 6-1 all-time against the Quakers. This will be the first game for head coach Mike McLaughlin versus the Hawks and just his third Big 5 game.
About the Hawks
After starting 3-7, Saint Joseph’s has won four of its last five games and have a 6-3 home record this season in its newly-renovated arena. They are also 0-2 in the Big 5, also losing to both Villanova and La Salle. The Hawks rank near the middle of the 14-team Atlantic 10 in most categories. They average 64 points per game and give up about the same. They shoot at a 38.6 percent clip and allow about the same. The Hawks hold an overall rebounding advantage this season and average nine steals per game. Brittany Ford, who had 24 against the Quakers last season, leads the Hawks with 11.1 points per game. She is also the team’s second-leading rebounder (4.8) behind Ashley Logue’s 5.7 per game. Ashley Prim’s 39 assists are a team high, while Mariame Djouara’s 30 steals lead the Hawks.
There are a lot of numbers that make Tuesday’s matchup seem daunting. Penn has lost 33 of 34 all-time to the Hawks and the Quakers are oh-for-19 in the last five-plus years against Big 5 opponents. However, there are some silver linings to this particular matchup. The last Big 5 team that the Quakers defeated? It was Saint Joseph’s. And it was played at the same site in which the teams will play on Tuesday (now named Hagan Arena). Also, last season, the Red and Blue played superbly against the Hawks and were within one in the final minutes before falling 66-60.
Penn has won five straight when leading at the half ... Penn is undefeated on Thursdays ... Penn has allowed just 62.6 points per game this season, second only to Princeton (52.2) in the Ivy League ... Penn has lost the last 11 games in which they have allowed 60 or more points ... In the last five games, three different players have led the team in scoring ... Sophomore Jess Knapp has led the Quakers in rebounding in each of the last three games.
Last Time Out
In the Ivy League’s opening game, Penn was outdone by their arch rivals, falling to Princeton, 70-39, on Saturday night at The Palestra. Princeton jumped on top of the Quakers early. The Tigers scored the first bucket and then sophomore Jess Knapp hit one of two free throws to bring the score to 2-1. But Princeton scored 16 straight and led 18-1 less than six minutes into the contest. Senior Sarah Bucar scored Penn’s first basket with a three-pointer at the 13:07 mark, making the score 18-4. Two possessions later, senior Caitlin Slover hit a three of her own to bring Penn within 20-7. Three possessions later, Bucar notched another three and at the midway point of the half, the Quakers trailed 22-10. However, less than two minutes later, the highest scoring team in the Ivy League led 29-12. The lead grew to 33-12 before Bucar hit her third three of the half with 4:39 remaining in the opening half. But Princeton was relentless, taking a 39-18 lead into the half. It was Penn’s largest deficit at the half this season. It was more of the same in the second half. The Tigers scored the first five points and five minutes into the half, led by 30, 50-20. The deficit swelled to 34 when the Tigers held a 60-26 advantage with 11:20 left in the game. The socre stayed near that margin throughout the rest of the contest. Princeton’s largest lead of the game game at 67-32 with 4:47 to go.
There is just one non-conference game remaining and it will come after a 10-day break. The finale is at Temple at 2 p.m. next Saturday, Jan. 23. Following that, the first Ivy League weekend begins with home games against Yale and Brown on Jan. 29 and 30th.
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